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It was a defensive battle for most of the night, but the Elder Panthers were able to capitalize on several Winton Woods turnovers to take the win 28-14.
Chris Schroer stole the show Friday night scoring three touchdowns (80,4,1) and racking up 210 yards on the ground.
In the first quarter of play both teams seemed to be feeling each other out and after the first twelve minutes were off the clock there were only a handful of first downs between the two squads.
Winton Woods (5-3) finally broke the scoreless tie three minutes into the second quarter when QB Shemar Hooks kept the ball and went eleven yards for the touchdown and the Warriors were ahead 7-0.
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The Elder Panthers (5-3) got a boost on the ensuing kickoff return as Max Mazza took the kick back 37 yards giving his team good field position. Elder utilized the Wildcat formation several times Friday night, and it paid off with 5:24 to go in the half as they evened the score at seven on Jimmy White’s 5-yard touchdown run.
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The score would remain tied at seven apiece through halftime and both teams’ defenses had reason to feel good.
The Panthers wasted no time getting their offense going in the second half however, as Schroer would take the first play from scrimmage 80 yards for a touchdown giving Elder a 14-7 lead.
Senior Matt Tepe recovered a Warrior fumble giving the Panthers a short field, and Schroer would score again, this time from just four yards out and the score was 21-7 in favor of Elder with less than three minutes gone in the second half.
The Winton Woods offensive line came out with wider splits on the next series and it seemed to give the Warrior running backs better lanes to work with. Nick Grissom exploited one of those lanes and took a handoff 57 yards for a touchdown, getting his team back within one score.
The Panthers had an answer for that score, and they seemingly had an answer for anything Winton Woods did Friday. Having two in the bank already, Schroer punched in the final score of the game from one yard out and Elder went ahead by what would be the final score 28-14.
Winton Woods looks to rebound next week at home against Anderson (3-5), while Elder goes to Highlands (8-0) next week trying to break the Bluebirds’ 28-game winning streak.
James Adams was a member of the 1993-94 Kentucky Class 3A state championship team at CovCath. He has been covering local prep sports on radio and TV for the past decade and is currently the play-by-play voice for Thomas More College. He is entering his second season as a featured analyst with TriStateFootball.com If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.